Provedoria da Assistencia Publica, commonly known as the Institute of Public Assistance (Provedoria) was set up by the Erstwhile Portuguese Government in 1947 by an Enactment No. 1200 dated 7.8.1947. By Legislature Enactment No. 1984 dated 14.4.1960, the Institute of Public Assistance (Provedoria) became an autonomous body. The major policy decisions are directed by the Government of Goa.